Brandeis-Wellesley Orchestra

The Brandeis-Wellesley Orchestra comprises students, faculty, staff, and associates of Wellesley College and Brandeis University.

Following successful collaborations in recent years, the orchestras at each institution formally united in the Fall of 2002 under the direction of Neal Hampton. By sharing talents and resources, the orchestra provides unique creative opportunities for the communities at both institutions, and specifically for students within the context of a liberal arts education. Uniting the high standards of excellence associated with Wellesley and Brandeis, the orchestra is dedicated to bringing inspiring performances of the great orchestral literature, both past and present, to a new generation of musicians and audiences. Programs have included symphonies and other works by Brahms, Copland, Dvorak, Mozart, Haydn, Elgar, Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev. Major works performed by the orchestra include Mahler's Second Symphony (in collaboration with the orchestra of Tufts University and the combined choirs of Brandeis, Tufts and MIT) Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, Brahms' A German Requiem and Carmina Burana by Carl Orff. The 2006 season culminated in a performance with world-renowned jazz pianist Marcus Roberts.

For more information, please visit the members page on the Brandeis-Wellesley Orchestra site or contact Neal at

Auditions: Prepare a brief selection of a piece that demonstrates musical and technical ability. It is recommended to include a selection from a first movement of a classical sonata or concerto, or any medium-to fast tempo piece that shows an ability to play in a steady tempo. If you arrive without music, prepare a scale of your choice in as many octaves as your technique permits you to play steadily and in tune.

For Concerto Competition registration, please complete the registration form by way of the link or visit